- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 28, 2016

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, told ABC reporter Robin Roberts that the Academy has been focused on “more inclusion” in the wake of the controversy over the lack of minority Oscar acting nominees for the second year running.

Ms. Boone Isaacs said the mission of the Academy is now focused on “making sure that we are being inclusive with all the initiatives we do, that our members are like ambassadors into the entire motion picture industry. … It’s all of our responsibility that diversity does happen.”

The Academy president said that the discussion over diversity in the movie industry has been going on “for years,” not just since director Spike Lee encouraged minority actors to boycott the ceremony over the field of all-white nominees.

“I am here to say that we are going to continue to take action and not just speak,” she said.

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